A Sleepy Eye business has found itself victim of an Internet scam, but in a surprising way.

On September 14, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of scammers utilizing Boat Trader.com and Craigslist to sell boats, ATV’s, and other merchandise throughout the United States.  The scammers have created a false webpage for Helget Enterprise, advertising them as the transportation company to deliver the merchandise.  

Furthermore, the scammers have provided a false address in rural Sleepy Eye, that is not associated with Helget Enterprise.  Both Helget Enterprise and the address in rural Sleepy Eye MN are victims of the scheme.  

There have been over 20 online respondents from various locations around the United States.  As the Brown County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the origin of these scammers, it offers some advice to avoid being scammed: Shop where you trust.  Size up the business. Beware of rock-bottom prices.  Check out webpage security. Watch out of email scams. Don’t give out more information than you need. Mind the details, after you make a purchase keep the receipt, tracking, and order confirmation in a safe place. Take Action if you don’t get your stuff.  

In this particular scam the seller relays a message of losing her husband in a tragic accident, thus needing to liquidate their property to move forward with her own recovery.